1. When do you write? (time of day, day of week)
My favorite time to write is in the morning. I’m willing to write in the evenings, but I write slower and tend to make more mistakes due to being tired from the day. My ideal writing time is anywhere between 7am and 9am. As for the days of the week, I prefer to write Monday through Friday and take the weekends off to brainstorm and reflect, so I’m ready to dive back into my WIP the following Monday.
2. How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?
I’m rather lucky that I don’t find this to be necessary. I don’t have any children, and my husband leaves for work before I start writing, so the only possible distraction is our dog. She has her moments, but most of the time, sleeps while I write. And maybe I’m just too Type A or maybe it’s due to years of practice, but I’m not tempted by Facebook or YouTube when I’m supposed to be writing. I will turn my phone on silent so I’m not interrupted by calls or text messages, but I don’t have any problem writing while connected to the internet.
3. How do you review what you wrote the previous day?
This is something I want to get better at and am planning on doing so with my next novel. I love Kristin Martin’s method. She mentions it in this video, and what I took away from her system is at the end of a writing session, update my outline and write out a few sentences describing the next scene, so when I sit down to write the next day, I don’t waste time thinking about what to write. I’ll keep you updated whether this works out for me or not ;)
4. What song is your go-to when you're feeling uninspired?
You’re probably tired of hearing her name, but I’m still loving Lindsey Stirling. The Arena, Roundtable Rival, Prism, and Mirage pump me up!
5. What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer's block?
They are simple solutions, but I do one of two things: 1) go for a walk or 2) journal. Walking clears my head and doesn’t require much brain power, which makes it easy for ideas to flit in and out. I keep my phone on hand so I can jot down these ideas, and usually, by the time I make it home, no more writer’s block. The second thing I try is journaling about why I’m experience writer’s block because there’s usually a reason: I don’t know enough about the setting, I’ve created a new character and don’t know what to do now, I’m clueless about a scene or series of scenes… By journaling about what’s stopping me from writing, I can almost always figure out how to continue writing. I know you all already know this, but I’m not a big believer in writer’s block. I believe writers get stuck, but nothing can keep us stuck.
6. What tools do you use when you’re writing?
Microsoft Word (boring, but it gets the job done. To format on ebook, I use MS Word too, so it helps to write the manuscript here too). A dictionary/thesaurus on hand (Most of the time I just use the internet, but I have a physical combo I reach for). The Emotion Thesaurus is a recent favorite tool, but since using, I find I want it by my side whenever I write fiction.
7. What's the one thing you can't live without during a writing session?
Not counting my outline, right? Because I definitely can’t live without my outline. But if you don’t count it, then again, I have to go with a dictionary and thesaurus. I’m not picky about what I’m drinking—it’s usually water or tea, but they’re not things I can’t live without while writing—and I don’t like to eat when I’m writing.
8. How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?
Just water or tea. I know, I’m pretty boring, but my daily writing sessions are usually only 1-2 hours long. I don’t really need anything else. Maybe I can include silence and sunshine? Not sure if they “fuel” me, but they definitely help!
9. How do you know when you’re done writing?
When I hit my word count goal or when my time is up. I prefer to write at least 1000 words a day. Some days I aim for 1,500 words, and come NaNoWriMo, I’ll be writing 2000 a day to allow myself to take the weekends off. If I haven’t written 1000 word and run out of time, then I’ll stop but write a quick note to myself to make up the remaining daily words later that day. The reason why I stick to a word goal instead of stopping when it “feels right” is because as much as I love writing, I still have goals, and to reach those goals, I need to hit my deadlines.
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Questions come from Mani Lynn’s YouTube video.